Tricia Ochs, NP-C
(There are not hospice-specific physicians. Patients are typically followed by their personal physicians.)
Originally, a hospice was a place of shelter and rest for weary and sick travelers. Today, it is associated with a philosophy of providing compassionate care for individuals with life-limiting illnesses. At Good Samaritan Hospice, our hope is that we can offer comfort and dignity to the patient, family and caregiver at some deep level during their time of need.
Since some patients prefer to be at home, Good Samaritan Hospice delivers supportive care through home visits. In addition, services are also available to patients in nursing facilities and in our uniquely designed in-patient suites at Good Samaritan Hospital. This five-bed unit is available for symptom control, respite care and routine care. It is intended to accommodate patients in managing pain and providing them with a high quality of life while surrounding them with family and friends in a soothing environment.
Good Samaritan Hospice is staffed by an interdisciplinary healthcare team consisting of doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice aides, clergy, therapists and trained volunteers. Together, we are able to provide comprehensive care tailored to meet the needs of patients and families by including social, emotional and spiritual support.
Volunteering with Good Samaritan Hospice is an unselfish gift to people in dire need. Volunteer options include providing respite and support for family and caregivers; doing office work, such as filing and answering telephones; and assisting in our bereavement program. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, contact Good Samaritan Hospice at 812-885-8035 or 800-604-9203.
Bereavement services are available to patients and their families for the duration of hospice care and for 13 months following the patient’s death to lend support through the grieving process. A Service of Remembrance is offered once a year in the spring. A Bereavement Team consisting of experienced staff and trained volunteers provide visits and phone calls for support.
Many of our bereavement services, events and programs are also available to the community. In addition to a weekly support group for adults at Hospice House[MM1], individuals or families may schedule a session for grief support by calling the hospice office. A grief teleconference, offered in the spring, highlights various aspects of grief and loss. Camps are used to educate, empower and equip children and teens with healthy grief and coping skills.
Light Up a Life is a fundraising and candle-lighting event held in remembrance of individuals who have died and in celebration of individuals who are living. Those who contribute a minimum donation will have the name of a loved one read aloud during the ceremony and inscribed on a special banner that is on display throughout the holiday season at Hospice House.
Good Samaritan Hospice has offices in Indiana and Illinois. The Indiana office is located at 601 S. Ninth St., Vincennes, IN 47591. The Illinois office is located at 1002 Country Club Road, Lawrenceville, IL 62439. Our service area encompasses a 50-mile radius and includes 11 surrounding counties in Indiana and Illinois. Please call 812-882-8035 for more information.
Hospice Grief Camps
Good Samaritan Hospice offers three grief camps every summer for children, youth and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one. The free camps are a community outreach program to educate, empower and equip individuals with health grief and coping skills. The goal of our grief camps is to provide a safe and inviting atmosphere for social interaction, grief educational activities and fun. The camps will be facilitated by Good Samaritan Hospice bereavement staff, a trained youth and teen bereavement volunteer team and YMCA lifeguards.
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Good Samaritan Hospice
601 S. Ninth Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
520 South Seventh Street
Vincennes, IN 47591